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betzold_joann_-_photo1.jpgJoAnn Edgerton Betzold, of Batavia, NY and formerly of Akron, NY, went to her heavenly rest at age 88 on November 23, 2022.

She is predeceased by her husband, Gary, parents, sister Pat and brother Louis.

Joann was born on March 21, 1934 to Leslie and Elizabeth Edgerton of Elba, NY, where she was raised. She lived her entire life in the Western New York area, where she built her life around her faith and her family.

Joann never met a person she didn’t like and viewed every conversation as an opportunity to make a new lifelong friend. She was a vibrant gift to her church community, and a loving cheerful presence wherever she went.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Todd (Debbie), Mark (Brenda), John (Anita), Laurie (Mike), Beth, Linda (James), Matthew ( Joy), Stepson, Gary (Annette), and her thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Nov. 29th) from 4-7 pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, 11am at the Clarence Center-Akron Mennonite Church, 11500 Clarence Center Rd, Akron, NY 14001.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




carolirwin.jpgCarol J. Irwin, 86 of LeRoy, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was born April 2, 1936 in Batavia, to the late Joseph and Pearl (Wilcox) Demmer. She is preceded in death by her first husband William Lampke, second husband David Irwin, children, William Lampke Sr, JoAnn Miller, Ann Bonham, Amy Weaver, Dale Lampke, siblings, Roger, Richard, Joseph, Kermitt Demmer, Ramona Dudley, Ann Hearse, Shirley Greenman and Marian Kendall.

Mrs. Irwin worked at Angelica for many years. She loved decorating for the holidays and family gatherings. Carol was the best mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved children, Rex (Janet) Lampke of Silver Springs, Margaret (Craig) Hurley of LeRoy, Barbara (John) Vescovi of LeRoy, Steve (Lisa) Lampke of Ithaca, Robin (Mark) Hall of Batavia, Linda Weig of Batavia. Siblings, Janet Mann of WV, Julia (Bruce) Henning of NC, sisters-in-law, Sue Demmer of GA, Carol Demmer of Batavia; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest at Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to LeRoy Ambulance Service, Inc., 1 Tountas Ave, LeRoy, NY 14482. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  

kurek1.jpg  Albert S. Kurek “Big Al”, Age 83, of East Pembroke, NY. passed away on November 22, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born on March 18, 1939 in Buffalo, the son of the late Stanley & Helen (Sikorski) Kurek. He was the husband of the late Florence “Annie” Docherty. 

Al is survived by his son; Alan (Lori) Kurek; daughter Kimberly (Kevin) Hale; beloved grandchildren Adam & Marc Kurek, Erin, Michaela & Mitchell Hale ; late sister Norma (Richard) Mathewson, brothers David (Lynn) Kurek and Dennis Kurek; dear companion Michelle Spoto;  along with several nieces & nephews. With great pride, he loved watching his children and grandchildren grow into adulthood and was proud of their many accomplishments. 

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-1960, was a NYS Trooper from 1962-1985 stationed in Batavia and was a special agent with the Department of Defense from 1985-2001.  Albert was a noted historian of the New York State Police, having authored three books detailing the NY Troopers history.  He was a 25 year officer in the Batavia Chapter of Former NYS Troopers, a member of the former St. Nick’s Club, the Polish Falcons, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Fraternal Order of Elks and NYS Police Benevolent Association.  He enjoyed the camaraderie he had with friends & golf partners.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday December 1, 2022 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday December 2nd at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Al will be laid to rest at a later date in the spring with full military honors in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu.

Memorial/donations can be made to the Former Troopers Helping Hands, P.O. Box 432, West Seneca, N.Y. 14224-0432 or the WNY National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd, Corfu, N.Y. 14036. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020

Stafford ~ Jean Catherine (Cross) Kent passed peacefully on Wednesday November 23, 2022, at her home after a long battle with dementia. Born June 6, 1934, she was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Catherine Cross, twin sister, June (Ken) Wallace, sister, Bonnie Babbitt, and brother, Jim (Dottie) Cross, great-granddaughter, Caroline Welch, son-in-law, Kevin Carhart and sister-in-law, Jeanne (Len) Jackson.

   jean_catherine_kent_0.jpg  Jean loved horses and fell in love with her cowboy in high school. She and William (Bill) Kent married October 4, 1952, and just celebrated 70 wonderful years together. They always had at least a couple of horses in their pasture. They especially loved overnight trail rides and many horse-related functions with their friends and family, Jean could always be counted on to bring a special type of cowgirl bling to the event.

     Jean managed the books for the family auction & real estate business, William Kent Inc. Bill and Jean traveled to far-off states such as Alaska and Hawaii to sell Holstein cattle, as well as countries like Canada, Holland and Mexico and on international cruises. Among their highlights were selling cattle at Madison Square Garden and the Grand Ole Opry. Along the way, they made many lifelong friends and Jean could always be found in the middle of the fun!

     Jean loved people and especially loved attending her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids’ events, including horse and cattle shows, sporting events, concerts, and musicals. She took countless photos so we could always remember the joy they brought her.

     Surviving are her husband, Bill Kent, children, David (Patty) Kent, Debra (Kyle) Welch, and Connie Carhart; grandchildren, Josh (Heather) Kent, Amber (Jason) Tomlin, Seth (Lauren) Kent, Caitie (Tanner) West, Tim (Erica) Welch, Riley (fiancé Karen) Carhart, Ciera (Bill) Trojanowski, Sutton (Katie) Carhart, Danielle (Brock) Cummins, Maegen Dills, great-grandchildren, Payton, Landon, Ainsley, Maddox, June, Everly, Chelsea, Charlotte and Elsie, several nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, Bob Babbitt and Paul (Dawn) Kent, and many wonderful friends.

     A service will be held in the Spring. Memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice of Western New York, Morganville United Church, or the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Jean’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mrs. Kent and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

martha.jpg Martha L. Beechler, 81, of Oakfield, passed away on November 22, 2022. She was born in Pennsylvania on September 15, 1941 to the late Thomas and Lucille (Fatheringham) Way. In addition to her parents, Martha is predeceased by her husband; Alton C. Beechler Sr., son Ken Beechler; daughter Debra Beechler; sisters Margo Vanderkooi and Thomasina Spencer.

Martha was co-owner with her husband, Skip of AL-MAR Dairy Farms in Bennington. Martha also retired from Chapin MFG. in Batavia. She also enjoyed doing ceramics and crafts.

She is survived by her children; Alton C. (Dace) Beechler Jr. of GA, Thomas (Nanette) Beechler of Bennington, Scott (Kellie) Beechler of Stafford and Vickie Pfeffer; siblings Patricia (George) Scott of OR., and James Way of OR; special niece Rhonda Barone of Batavia; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be held privately for the family. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Oakfield Fire Department 20 Albert St. Oakfield, NY 14125. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

img_0380.jpgBatavia - Mary  Susan  Kleps Sokoloski , 78  of Batavia  passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Sue was born Wednesday, January 5th, 1944 in Batavia, NY a daughter of the late Albert J Kleps and Katherine Kleps. Sue graduated from Batavia High School in 1961, raised two wonderful boys, and worked at St. Jerome Hospital as a Dietetic Technician until her retirement.

Sue was fun loving, a good friend, compassionate sister,  caring mother and loving grandmother. She enjoyed playing basketball and watching the Buffalo Bills, loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with them.

Surviving are her sons; David Sokoloski, of Carlisle, PA and Timothy Sokoloski, of Shermans Dale, PA: grandchildren, Brady, Tyler, and Logan Sokoloski; siblings, Patricia Constantino, of Batavia, Michael (Debra) Kleps, of FL, Don (Toni) Kleps, of Erie, PA, Maureen (Sam) Misiti, of Leroy, and Eileen Kleps, of Batavia, NY; sister in law, Karen Kleps, and many nieces and nephews.

In passing Sue is reunited with her parents, Albert and Katherine Kleps; brothers, Jerry, Thomas, Bob, and Kevin Kleps; brother in law, Vincent Constantino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Church, Batavia, on Monday, December 5, 2022, at 11:00am. Sue will be laid to rest with her parents at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, NY 14020 or Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 278 Bank Street Batavia, NY 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Virginia G. Mancuso, age 96, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

     She was born September 6, 1926 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Clyde and Beatrice Woodrick Baker.

   virginia_mancuso__0.jpg  Virginia was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She was a graduate of the Catherine McCauley School of Nursing and worked for many years at St. Jerome’s Hospital as an operating room nurse.  She was also involved in the family business, Empire State Motor Express, with her husband, Francis for many years.  Virginia was a member of the Finger Lakes Afghan Hounds Club, the LeRoy Red Hat Society and was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and the New York Yankees.

     She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Franceen (Louis) Ferrara and Lisa (Michael) Filio; special niece, Peggy (Baker) Dilcher, along with many other nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Francis; brother, Donald Baker and her sisters, Olive Beatrice “Bim” Baker and Raya Baker.

     Family and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.  Interment in St. Francis Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Wilmot Cancer Center or Lollypop Farm.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Virginia’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

terryg.jpg  Terry J. Garigen, 74, of Darien Center, NY passed away on November 20, 2022 unexpectedly at his home. 

Terry was a graduate of Alexander Central School and Erie County Technical Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Technology before being drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam.  Upon his return he had a long career working with the Darien Highway Department.  Terry used every moment of his spare time in service to others.  Along with his dedicated crew, he built pole barns, houses, and countless other structures throughout Western New York. 

In retirement, Terry became a very dedicated member of the Patriot Guard Riders.  For over 10 years Terry served with the Patriot Guard and devoted his time and effort to honor our Military Veterans and support their families.  Terry was appointed as a Region-1 Ride Captain in 2015 and was one of the Guard’s most loved and highly respected leaders.  Terry was a very proud, decorated US Army Vietnam Veteran, but he was very humble about his dedicated service.

Terry was a well-known helper and good neighbor.  Whether it was by swinging his hammer or holding an American flag, Terry went out of his way in the service of others.

Terry was a loving husband to his wife Nancy, and they shared many of life’s adventures together for over 50 years.  Terry was a dedicated brother to Barry and his wife Marianne and father to his daughter Jamie and son TJ.  Also known as Boppa, Terry leaves behind his five grandchildren Elizabeth, Emma, Natalie, Molly, and Everett. 

Calling hours will be held at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, NY 14011 on Friday November 25, 2022 from 3:00-7:00PM.  An 11:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Saturday the 26th at the Funeral Home. Mr. Garigen will be interred at the WNY National Cemetery in Corfu on November 29, 2022 at 11:00AM.  

In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead make a donation to the Darien Volunteer Fire Department or Patriot Guard Riders NY at PGRNY.org or PO Box 637 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

pisarek.jpg  Alexandria C. Pisarek, 29, of Oakfield passed away on Saturday November 19, 2022. She was born in Buffalo on December 15, 1992 to Charles (Gail) Pisarek in Akron and AnnMarie (Rodari) Sam of Oakfield.

Alexandria loved camping, hiking, cooking and doing crafts.

In addition to her parents, Alexandria is survived by her fiancé; Stephen Pahuta of Oakfield; children Karson Little and Jaxson Johnson both of Oakfield; siblings Brianna Greene of NC., and Jason Saile of Corfu; grandmother Nancy Steinke of Oakfield, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately for the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield. The family will be having a Celebration of Life on Sunday December 4th at 11:30AM at The City Church 210 East Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to her children. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Richard D. Walls, 87, of Elba, passed away on November 19, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Richard was born October 3, 1935 in Batavia, a son of the late William and Rachel (Ware) Walls.

Richard was a 1953 graduate of Oakfield Alabama Central School and graduated in 1957 from Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  After graduation, he entered into the NYS National Guard and served 6 months of active duty at Ft. Dix in New Jersey followed by 5 1/2 years in the reserves.  

Richard worked for the family business, Walls Bean and Grain.  He then had the opportunity to start his own business, Carefree Industrial Laundry, serving Western New York businesses with their uniform needs.  After 25 years, the business was sold to a larger competitor.  

In retirement, he and his wife were able to travel and spend time at their home in Sarasota, Florida.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and going to all of their sporting events.  Richard enjoyed gardening, landscaping and photography.  Richard was published in the Best of Photography in 1994, 1995 and 1996.  He was also published in America at the Millennium (best photos of the 20th century), published in 2000.

Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Churchill) Walls, they were married December 22, 1956.  Also surviving are his sons, Michael Walls of Elba and Stephen Walls of Tokyo, Japan; daughter, Susan (Michael) Lyons of Elba; grandchildren, Ashley (Callum) Pollok, Michael (Leah) Lyons Jr., Stephen, Maika, Lucas and Rachel; 5 great-grandchildren, Licca, Graham, Kennedy, Bennett and Hudson; a brother, William (Jane) Walls; a sister, Mary (Stephen) Waite and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, William Walls Jr.

Calling hours are Friday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. also on Friday.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba, followed by a reception at the Oakfield Rod and Gun Club.

Memorials may be made to the Southwest Indian Foundation, P.O. Box 86, Gallop, NM 87305-9901, www.southwestindian.com/donate.  

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.


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